China's satellite navigation system to cover Asia-Pacific next year

16:50, May 19, 2011      

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The second Chinese Satellite Navigation Academic Annual Meeting was held in Shanghai on May 18. Ran Chengqi, the director of the Chinese Satellite Navigation Administrative Office, says China will launch another eight Beidou navigation satellites before the end of next year.

Ran says, the construction of the Beidou satellite navigation system is being carried out steadily. Up to now there has been 8 compass navigation satellites successfully launched. Except for some satellites used for system test identification and signal test, the basic "3+3" (three geo-stationary orbiting satellites plus three Earth-synchronous orbiting satellites) system has been formed. The device development and debugging of ground section has been finished and well functioning.

Ran says, the overall testing of the Beidou satellite navigation system will be finished on Oct. 10, 2011. It marks a new stage of development in China's satellite navigation system construction.

Ran also reveals that, according to the "three-step strategy" of the Beidou satellite navigation system construction, by the year 2012, a 16-satellite-based Bedou satellite navigation system covering the Asian-Pacific region will be established. In addition to the eight satellites that have already been launched, China will launch another eight compass navigation satellites before the end of next year.

By People's Daily Online

 
 
     
 
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